Welcome back to WDYTT, the only column on the internet that is literally unpronounceable.
Speaking of pronouncements, the Vancouver Canucks have, as of this writing, yet to make a definitive statement about the future of head coach Travis Green.
But as far as conclusions go, this one seems mighty foregone. If Green miraculously survives the regular season, there’s next to no chance he lasts through the offseason. If he somehow does, his contract expires in 2023. Coaches are, as they say, hired to be fired. We hope it’s not too controversial to state that, at some point in the future — immediate or otherwise — someone else will be coaching the Vancouver Canucks.
Which leads us directly to the question of the day.
This week, we’re asking you:
Who would you want as the next head coach of the Vancouver Canucks?
Who isn’t getting enough credit for the Canucks in 2021/22?
Your responses are below!
Although Hogz has not seen a lot of success in the stat department, he has been solid and engaged since the start of the season.
It’s a great question, and a very difficult one to answer.
The players, for the most part, are getting their due with each passing game.
Benning and Green have been scrutinized to the point where there’s nothing left to say anymore.
Maybe… Ian Clark??
Miller and Myers are two guys mentioned often for their mistakes. Miller is over a point-per-game and leads the team in points and goals. Myers has 4 points, is plus 3, has a 54.4 CF%, and plays over 20 minutes a night. Not bad numbers for the level of respect he gets.
Team play 5v5 is considerably better than last year and probably the previous year as well. This improvement is overshadowed by the poor performance of special teams. The Canucks have outscored the opposition 5v5 and have a 51.5 CF%. Team defence is improved with far fewer shifts buried in their own zone. Höglander and Garland’s style of play is increasing puck possession time in the offensive zone making life a bit easier for the D-men. We even see some puck cycling. Pettersson and Boeser aren’t quite on that page yet.
If special teams were just at league average the Canucks would have a strong winning record. The PP has the personnel to be much better than average. If it was Shaw who has brought about the improved D-zone play at 5v5, he deserves more credit.
Gotta be Benning. OEL has been great, Garland has been huge. Podz is going well. Heck, even the absences of Sutter and Motte show that these are valuable players. Where would the Canucks be with a better PK?
OEL has clearly outperformed the long list of naysayers and solidified the D in all situations. A massive upgrade on Edler, an overall steadying force, and a key reason why their 5-on-5 play has improved.
Or is it Benning who pulled off the trade? (This ought to get some reaction…)
Lammikko seems to be doing… something… I guess…
I think it’s Hughes. He had so many people jump on his sophomore year, saying “the kid can’t play defence; trade him” (etc.). He’s regained his rookie year form as a defender, without losing his offensive chops. He’s (again) clearly showing that he’s a good defender, so show him some love.
How about the fan base? All these games in this last homestand looked virtually sold out to me, and this is a team that, when they cross the 82-game finish line, likely will not be in the playoffs.
John and John? Cheech hasn’t mentioned nacho cheese once this year, yet. And while I wish Cory H. the best and hope he continues to improve, I am sure I wasn’t the only one missing our #1 backup goalie commentator. Large chunks of the Nucks’ play has made it hard to stay positive, yet they are putting in the work.
Kunlun Red Star:
Canucks have given up the 1st goal in 11 of 13 games so far. It’s been come from behind, chasing the play, and trying to change the momentum. So, who has been the guy in most of those come-from-behind rallies to get them back in the game? It has usually been leading scorer JT Miller. He has proven capable of singlehandedly changing the momentum. He plays with passion, skill, and strength. At the top of his game, he is a born leader, and so far this year he’s avoided the damaging temper displays and minimized turnovers. The coach must love him, as he can be used on the PK, PP, at center, or wing. We’ve seen him as a top line winger or 3C, and his best seasons have been with the Canucks. So far in the early going, excluding Demko, he’s far and away the team’s MVP.
Miller is the team’s fourth-highest paid forward, yet the critics lambaste him as though he was the franchise’s cornerstone.
OEL’s effect on the defence corps has flown under the radar. Not only has his own play been solid and dependable, he’s allowed Myers and Hughes to settle into less relied-upon roles, with positive results all around. I suppose you could credit Benning for making the risky move that brought him to Vancouver, but in this town, we praise the players for good outcomes, and blame the GM for bad ones.
For me, it’s Miller. For at least the last four games, he has taken over the #1 center role, with no acknowledgement from club or the media. Don’t believe me, watch their positioning in their own end and watch who Miller changes with, it’s always with another center. During that period, things have started to look a little positive with EP, QH, and Boeser putting up some points and give the appearance they coming around.
JT Miller. He makes some defensive gaffes, but he has been the Canucks’ most consistent scorer. He has 16 points in 14 games this year, and 134 in 136 games since becoming a Canuck. He is the key to the Lotto Line. He plays wing, centre, PP, and PK. What more can we ask?
A River Named Curt:
Credit? Credit? Have you been watching the games? When a franchise is performing this poorly, there is only blame, darned blame, and statistics.